Village News and Events
in Boxted and Langham
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Stay safe and healthy..
In the Departure Lounge
If you’ve booked a holiday abroad and are lucky enough to be able to go given the current travelling restrictions, or if you’ve decided to have a ‘staycation’ this year, you might find Brian Bilston’s words a useful reminder that romance isn’t dead except, maybe, when it comes to remembering household chores!
In the departure lounge,
she drew him near,
then softly whispered in his ear,
not words of parting’s sweet, sweet sorrow,
but “don’t forget the bins tomorrow”.
School’s out for summer!
Below: Classrooms are empty now. We won’t make any comments about skeleton staff!
If you’d like to read the latest newsletter published by St Peter’s CofE Primary School, click here to download .
Finally, there’s a message from Patsy Ann Maggs, a Boxted School Governor. She writes:
“Another consequence of the pandemic is that our two village primary schools are working extra hard to help children catch up on their learning. In particular, they would welcome some extra help to hear children read. Could you commit to visiting one of the schools for a couple of hours a week for a year starting in September? You would need a routine DBS check and the teachers would, of course, give you some guidelines. If you would like to help, please contact me on email@example.com ”
Dedham Vale Mighty Hike
Macmillan Cancer Support
The money will help to support people with cancer and their families ensuring they receive essential medical, practical and emotional support.
If you would like to donate/sponsor them and help them to achieve their goal they have a ‘just giving address’ : https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rslssheil or post your donation through the door in an envelope with your name on it, 3 Aubreys Cottages, Church Street, Boxted, CO4 5SU.
We will put this in their fund for you. Thank you for your help and support for this very worthwhile and important charity.
Sunday 25 July
9.30am Gathered Eucharist – St Peter’s Boxted
Please also note that for the time being the same procedures will remain in place regarding track and trace, hand sanitising, face coverings etc – any changes will be advised in due course.
A service is still being streamed on the first and third Sundays via zoom and please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request details of the zoom link.
Please email email@example.com with your name and contact details to book a place at any of the services and please remember a mask or face covering.
A recording of zoom services is available from Sunday afternoon at the following link:
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you require further details.
Crime Prevention Tactical Advisor
Summertime Home Security Advice
With the removal of most Covid19 restrictions and as we start to spread our wings a little don’t get complacent with your home security, unfortunately there are those that will take advantage of this newfound freedom to seek opportunities to commit crime.
Even if you are at home, home working or enjoying a ‘staycation’ still consider your home security for as it gets warmer, we get to see a rise in the number of “Creeper Burglaries” where burglars take advantage of open gates, windows and doors. An open or insecure garden gate will provide the thief with access to the back of your home. Before going out or turning in for the night don’t forget to check all doors and windows, someone may have closed it, but did they lock it?
A few tips for keeping your home secure:
- Don’t attract a thief with insecure pedal cycles or cars or gates on display.
- Keep side or rear gates, sheds and garages shut and securely locked.
- Doors – Leave any accessible external door open or insecure and an opportunist thief could pop in and anything lying around would be gone. You may have only popped out, or down the end of the garden or having a quick shower; it only takes a second for a thief to steal. Don’t forget that with a PVCu multi-locking door you may have lifted the handle but until you turn the key (or on some doors a thumb turn on the inside) you have not locked all of the locking bolts in place.
- Windows – If you have unoccupied rooms that are accessible to others from outside or off flat roofs make sure the windows are closed, if you need ventilation in these rooms whilst at home at least lock the larger window and only have the small window open even during the daytime. If you only have bigger opening windows, consider a lockable window restrictor and a small alarm sensor on the window to detect entry. Before going out or ‘turning in for the night’ lift the blinds or open the curtains and check windows and patio doors are closed, the sun may have been on the TV when it was hot, and so the curtains were drawn whilst the window was open.
- If you have an intruder alarm activate it when going out and activate the zone for any unoccupied areas whilst in.
- Car keys – don’t take them to bed with you, where possible leave them in noisy drawer/location. Keep the keyless car fobs in a “Faraday” bag.
- If you do hear a suspicious noise in the house that you are not happy with dial 999 and make a noise, shout out, it could cause any intruder to flee, they may not have known you were home, remember your life is more important than your property. If safe to do so, get a good description of the person/s and if possible the car index number and direction of travel.
- Make sure in case of fire that keys to windows and doors are readily accessible to occupants at all times but not in view of possible burglars
For further crime prevention advice see:. www.essex.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/ or www.securedbydesign.com/guidance/crime-prevention-advice/ensure-your-home-is-secure
In brief …
Your quick reference guide to newsletter regulars.
St Peter’s Markets plants – raising funds for our local churches. Go to https://stpetersmarketplace.org/
For all the latest information on opening times, services, special events and what’s for sale, visit https://www.langhamcommunityshop.org.uk/
To keep up to date with the timetable please visit the Mobile Library Service website
Digital help at home
This service is available online. Michael Smith at Colchester Borough Council is still offering digital support via a remote service. See the Council’s webpage or, for further information.
- Colchester 01206 282 452/ Clacton 01255 686497
- Email: Digitalaccesssupport@colchester.gov.uk
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Essex County Council’s PROW Interactive map
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